Rare Rides: A 1977 Chevrolet Monza – the Malaise Mirage

Today’s Rare Ride is a special, sporty edition of a rather mundane Malaise subcompact. It hails from a time when the American customer matched the color of their vinyl seats to their wide lapel. So let’s delude ourselves for a few minutes w…

Rare Rides: The 1991 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, a Wagon-only Olds

Among the fairly common group of vehicles produced on General Motors’ B-body chassis in the 1990s, one stands out. It’s extra-long, fairly luxurious, a last-of moment, and unloved among the sort of people who collect older vehicles. No, it&…

Junkyard Find: Customized, 363,033-mile 1986 Oldsmobile Calais

Every once in a while, I’ll find a junkyard vehicle that I can tell was loved by some longtime owner. Maybe it shows some absurdly high odometer reading, or evidence of the single-minded pursuit of some lunatic mechanical obsession, or the work o…

Buy/Drive/Burn: The 1993 C-body Showdown to End All Showdowns

I’ve been saving this one for a while on my Big List of Buy/Drive/Burns. The year is 1993, and you’re shopping the large front-drive sedan offerings from General Motors (rear-drive provides less traction and is archaic). Making a stop at th…

Junkyard Find: 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Every so often, I’ll be poking around in one of the self-service wrecking yards I frequent and I’ll come across a very nice older car, clearly babied by its original owner for just about its entire life. It will be a car whose resale value …

Buy/Drive/Burn: American Luxury SUVs From 1992

We’ve been on a Nineties streak lately, and our last four editions of Buy/Drive/Burn have all taken place within the decade. Well, ready your baggy beige suit and adjust its extensive shoulder pad region, because today we talk 1992. Specifically,…

Worth the Watt: A Brief History of the Electric Car, 1830 to Present

Electric cars have been around a lot longer than today’s Tesla Motors or even the GM EV1 of the late 1990s.

Yet More Cars We Want In the 24 Hours of Lemons

Nearly all of the alleged brains behind the 24 Hours of Lemons race series are current or former automotive journalists, which means two things: we drive badly, and we love seeing race cars that allow us to have fun writing their stories. For this reason, we create lists of cars that have never appeared in […]

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